Category Archive for: ‘General Woodworking’

Woodworking Is a Gift You Can Give to Others

Share Woodworking Skills

When you first started working with wood, you likely realized woodworking’s potential when it comes to making gifts. Chances are good that at least someone you know has received one or more hand-crafted items from you. Much of the time, woodworkers rule the holiday season when it comes to one-of-a-kind gifts that will be treasured for years to come. As …

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Are You Doing Your Woodworking Chores?

Are You Doing Your Woodworking Chores Regularly?

For many hobbyists, woodworking chores might not seem that important; for professionals, these tasks are more than just optional. They’re tasks that must be done if the shop’s going to operate efficiently and safely. Even so, some of us can get a bit lackadaisical when it comes to woodworking chores. Below are some of the more significant ones that many …

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Making Beautiful Music with Woodworking

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Woodworking lets you make some absolutely amazing pieces. Whether you make tables from reclaimed driftwood, cabinets with a rich lacquer finish or restored antiques that will be cherished for countless future generations, there’s a beauty found in working with wood that’s hard to replicate in any other medium. Do you sometimes find yourself craving something more, though? If you’ve never …

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Wood Stripping for Woodworkers

Wood Stripping for Woodworkers

As most woodworkers know, stripping wood can be a very nasty business. However, when refinishing older pieces, cleaning wood for reuse or restoring ornate woodwork in an older home, it’s something that must be faced and dealt with. Some professional furniture restorers repeatedly submerge painted furniture or wood in a vat full of chemicals because it’s less expensive and time …

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4 Tips for Better Veneers

4 Tips for Better Veneers

Learning how to veneer wood opens a whole new world of possibilities in woodworking for even experienced artisans. The nearly endless variety of exotic wood species available in veneer can’t be matched. Properly veneered surfaces are just as durable and attractive as solid wood. Even the simplest of projects can become prized heirlooms. Whether you prefer old-school hammer veneering or …

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Types of Joints and When to Use Them

Types of Joints and When to Use Them

Every woodworker must join pieces of stock together at some point or another. Even if you’re already working as an apprentice or under the guidance of a pro, you may not know the names of the most popular joints you’ll come across. Getting to know the different methods of joining wood and the strengths (and weaknesses) of those particular joints …

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Choosing the Right Screw Length

Choosing the Right Screw Length

Master craftspeople make screw selection seem like it requires zero thought. Experienced artisans can quickly pluck the right fastener out of their stash just by eyeballing the size. Even when you’ve been woodworking for years, some projects can leave you baffled: how do you select the correct screw length for your project? What Happens When You Use the Wrong Size …

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How Sustainable is Your Wood?

How Sustainable is Your Wood?

It’s virtually impossible to build anything without wood. Houses, furniture, flooring, even the tools used to craft other items are made partially from wood. But as accustomed as we are to seeing trees everywhere, we need to remember that our forests can’t always keep up with our demand for wood. Therefore, using sustainable wood is important. Sustainable wood ensures that …

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Tips for Working with Crown Molding

Tips for Working with Crown Molding

A well-designed crown molding is the perfect addition to a beautiful case, table or cabinet project. Most furniture moldings are created using one or a combination of a few basic profiles, including the quarter-round, cove, fillets, ogee and bead. While these profiles are easily made using common router bits, the trick is in putting them it together properly when using …

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Clear Coats Demystified!

Clear Coats Demystified!

If you’re working with wood, you’ll want to apply a clear coat to protect it. This advice applies whether you’ve decided to color the wood by adding a stain or prefer to leave it the natural color. Why Add a Clear Coat? Stain is meant to add pigments to the wood in order to darken it. The shade you choose …

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